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Join our panel of crime writers as they talk about their experience writing mysteries, and about the differences between inventing your own stories and writing about actual events. Two fiction authors, a journalist, and a former police detective share their perspectives.
Named “one of Canada’s finest novelists” (Ottawa Review of Books), Anne Emery is a lawyer and the author of the Collins-Burke mystery series. She has won an Arthur Ellis Award, an Independent Publisher Book Awards silver medal, and a Dartmouth Book Award. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Though the Heavens Fall is her tenth novel.
Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight different languages. Her books have been optioned for film and television and include With Malice, The Hanging Girl (winner of the John Spray Mystery Award) and You Owe Me a Murder. Eileen is a popular speaker at conferences both in the US and in Canada, provides writing and editorial coaching, and is a mentor/instructor for The Creative Academy and Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio. She lives in Vancouver.
Jim Brown has been a journalist for more than 30 years. He is best known for his work on CBC Radio, most recently as host of the weekly current affairs program The 180. Prior to joining the CBC, Jim worked as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor. His first film, Radiant City, won the Genie Award for best documentary in 2008 and was named one of the 10 best films of the year at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Golden Boy of Crime is his first book.
Lorimer Shenher was born and raised in Calgary, living there until his move to Vancouver in 1991. Lorimer’s first love has always been writing. He worked as a copy runner for the Calgary Herald, before venturing off into the world of weekly newspapers in rural Alberta, working as a reporter and photographer covering the Junior Hockey, local crime and political beats. He joined the Vancouver Police Department as a constable in 1991, taking assignments in Patrol, Communications, the Prostitution Task Force, the Strike Force, Homicide/Missing Persons, Diversity Relations, Financial Crime, and the Threat Assessment Unit, including numerous undercover assignments. In 2013, Lorimer took medical leave from policing to receive treatment for a Post-Traumatic Stress Injury and continues to work toward recovery. He retired from the VPD in 2018.
In 2015, Greystone Books published That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away, Lorimer’s memoir of working on Vancouver’s Missing and Murdered Women file and an exploration of how the Vancouver Police Department failed to protect vulnerable people. It was named a 2015 Globe & Mail Top 100 Book. In 2015, Lorimer began a gender transition to male. He continues to write and in 2017 graduated with an MA in Professional Communications from Royal Roads University, winning the Founders Award for his cohort. His thesis project was an audio documentary called Where Did That Come From? Which explored the rise of the missing and murdered indigenous women as a major issue in the 2015 Canadian Federal Election.
His second book, This One Looks Like a Boy: My Gender Journey to Life as a Man releases from Greystone Books in March 2019. He currently lives with his family in Vancouver.
D’Arcy Kavanagh is a Lethbridge-based mystery novelist who turned to fiction after 40 years in journalism as a reporter, editor, freelancer and instructor. Since retiring from journalism, he has produced five novels in a series featuring Paul Burke, an ex-pro cyclist from Montréal who lives on the French Riviera and whose work as a blogger and broadcaster keeps him close to the sport he knows so well – and to unexpected events demanding investigation. Canadian Cycling magazine called Kavanagh’s first book The Bastard is Dead “the perfect summer read.”